‘This decade’s most eloquent statement on race in America today’
New York Times
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ extraordinary play comes to the National Theatre after a sold-out run at the Orange Tree Theatre.
In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same.
Both old and new, An Octoroon gleefully remixes a Victorian melodrama set on a Louisiana plantation into ‘a dazzling deconstruction of racial representation’ (WhatsOnStage).
The New American Work Programme is supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Lawton W Fitt & James I McLaren Foundation and Kathleen J Yoh
Please note: This production features strobe effect lighting. It also contains provocative language, some violent scenes, and moments and themes that some people may find distressing; you can find out more in our Help centre.
Talks and events
16 - 21: Creative Development: Anarchy, theatre-making and An Octoroon Sat 16 and Sun 17 June
The Untold History of Blackface Tue 19 June, 6pm, £7/£5
16 - 21: Sound and Music in An Octoroon Tue 19 June, 5pm, £10
The Lasting Impact of the Slave Trade Tue 3 July, 6pm, £7/£5
Ned Bennett and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Fri 6 July, 6pm, £7/£5
Designing An Octoroon with Georgia Lowe Sat 7 July, 5.30pm, £7/£5
All That Jazz (film screening) Mon 9 July, 5pm, £5/£3
Adaptation (film screening) Mon 16 July, 5pm, £5/£3